As the new financial year approaches and we settle in to our routines for 2020, it’s a good time to really take a look at how you are doing in terms of achieving balance for yourself and success in the year ahead.
If you really want your business to grow without the wheels completely falling off for you then there are some very simple tasks that will allow you to maintain a good life-work balance AND increase your success. That’s right! You can have your cake and eat it.
- Learn to Delegate and Do It More Often
As you know, the only way others can really learn how to be great at the job they’re given is to let them do it. While you may be a Type A or maybe a little OCD, it really is for your own good and for the good of your business if you let people show they can succeed and fail at times too. By letting others do some of those tasks you really don’t need to be doing you are gaining more time to focus on the areas of your life and business where you can really add value #Don’tSweatTheSmallStuff!
- Regular Marketing Gets Steady Growth
Don’t let marketing be the after thought or a panic when business starts going a bit quiet. Instead, a little bit of promotion on a regular basis will keep you visible and top-of-mind with your target market. This is where an outsource marketing expert an really be a great investment – not only will you be delegating this essential task to someone who knows what they are doing but you only pay for what you need as well.
- Weekly Business Planning Meetings
And here’s another task that helps play into the Delegation rule! By keeping everyone on board and alongside the direction you are driving, you can also see where others can add value and share the load too. Weekly meetings also help with your company culture, prevent miscommunication and ensure good prioritising of all tasks to keep everyone on track, focused and motivated.
- Don’t Stop Learning
Start saying ‘Yes’ to some of those business seminars, webinars or training events that cross your desk. Great managers and CEOs often have several motivational or business learning books on the go because they know that this is the best way to keep your mind open and yourself motivated even when things start to go pear-shaped – which they will! Because that’s just part of the fun of owning your own business.
Learning something new will add to your skills and add a new dimension of interest to your life—another important part of achieving a healthy work-life balance and increasing your business success.
- Join a Networking Group
There’s nothing like talking to other business people for sparking new ideas, refining old ones, and making contacts. Whether it’s a group specifically designed for networking or an organization dedicated to a particular type of business, in person or over the internet, making the effort to be a part of a group will revitalize you and your business.
- Give Back to Your Community
There are all kinds of worthy organizations that make a difference in your community. Those who give, get. Nothing will seed and grow goodwill for you and your business better than giving back to your community. A good approach is to choose on community group you want to support each year (and it may be the same one for a number of years) and actively participate with your time as well as sponsorship.
- Put Time for Yourself on Your Calendar
All work and no play is a recipe for mental and physical disaster. So if you have trouble freeing up time to do the things you enjoy then book the time in your calendar. Start with once a week and then move up to daily when you can.
- Set THREE Realistic Goals
Goal setting is a valuable habit—if the goals lead to success rather than distress. One trap that often catches people out is setting too many goals for yourself so try to stick to just three goals at the most. Another trap is to set goals that are unachievable so resolve that the goals you set will be achievable.
- Embrace Continuous Improvement
Is there a piece of equipment or system in your office that’s interfering with your success or hindering your ability to be efficient? Whether it’s an old computer that is too slow or the need for a new employee to lighten your workload, stop putting off getting what you need. The drag of making do will literally bring you down and slow up your path to success.
- Drop What’s Not Working and Move On
All products aren’t going to be super sellers, all sales methods aren’t going to work for everyone, and all suppliers or contractors aren’t going to be ideally suited to your business. If a technique, product, or business relationship isn’t working for you then stop using it. Don’t invest a lot of energy into trying to make the unworkable workable. Move on. By closing one door you are allowing another to open!